Petra Kvitova wins the 2023 Miami Open: Key stats
Petra Kvitova stunned an in-form Elena Rybakina to win the 2023 Miami Open title. Kvitova won the match 7-6, 6-2. Kvitova claimed her ninth career WTA 1000-level title. Meanwhile, she also lifted her 30th WTA singles career honor. At 33 years old, Kvitova also became the oldest Miami champion since Serena Williams in 2015. Kvitova also claimed her maiden Miami Open honor.
Here are the match stats
Rybakina served 12 aces to Kvitova's five. However, she made 3 double faults to Kvitova's nil. Kvitova claimed a 79% win on the first serve and a 75% win on the second. She converted 3/8 break points. Kvitova clocked 29 winners and 14 unforced errors.
Kvitova scripts these records
Kvitova has now taken her WTA Tour finals tally to 30-11. As per WTA, it was the 60th Top 10 win of her career. She is only behind Venus Williams and Victoria Azarenka among active players. As per Opta, Kvitova equaled Simona Halep as the third player with the most WTA-1000 titles. Serena (13) and Azarenka (10) have more - since 2009.
2-1 win-loss record for Kvitova over Rybakina
Kvitova now owns a 2-1 win-loss record over Rybakina. She lost her maiden match-up against Rybakina, going 6-7, 4-6 down at 2022 Ostrava. Since then, Kvitova has claimed successive wins in 2023 (also Adelaide).
Rybakina's winning run comes to an end
Rybakina had won two matches at the Dubai Tennis Championships before handing a walkover in R16. However, she won six straight matches to lift the 2023 Indian Wells crown. She beat Aryna Sabalenka 7-6, 6-4 in the final. And now, she won five matches before this defeat versus Kvitova to see her 13-match winning momentum get halted.
Kvitova's journey in the tourney
In the round of 64, Kvitova beat Linda Noskova 6-3, 6-0. In the round of 32, she overcame Donna Vekic 6-4, 7-6. Kvitova had to dig deep to beat Varvara Gracheva 7-5, 7-6 in the R16. In the last eight, she beat Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in 3 sets. In the last four, Kvitova overcame Sorana Cirstea 7-5, 6-4.
Key numbers for Kvitova
As per WTA, Kvitova has a 17-5 win-loss record in 2023. She claimed her maiden crown this year. Kvitova will return to the Top 10 for the first time since September 2021. She won in an hour and 42 minutes.
Unique record for Rybakina
Rybakina's 12 aces in the match means she is the first player since Serena at Wimbledon in 2016 to hit 10 or more aces in six consecutive matches in a single tournament.